WWE Responds To Right-Wing Criticism Over Zeb Colter Character

WWE has received some criticism this week from the right-win media, claiming that the new anti-immigrant character is being done to mock the ultra conservative Tea Party movement.

Brian Flinn, WWE Senior VP of Marketing and Communications, issued the following statement to the Hollywood Reporter on Tuesday addressing the situation:

“WWE has a long history of creating fictional characters that serve as either protagonists or antagonists, no different than other television shows or feature films. To create compelling and relevant content for our audience, it is important to incorporate current events into our storylines.”

“WWE is creating drama centered on a topical subject that has varying points of view to develop a rivalry between two characters,” he adds. “This storyline in no way represents WWE’s political point of view. One should not confuse WWE’s storytelling with what WWE stands for, similar to other entertainment companies such as Warner Bros., Universal Studios or Viacom.”

Here is a report on FOX News, with their pundits debating the Zeb Colter character:

  • Fez437

    As Eric Bischoff once…. “Controversy creates cash”

    • http://twitter.com/AngryRasslinGuy Angry Wrestling Guy

      And that’s why WCW was a rousing success that still makes money to this day…

      …oh wait.

  • IKeepsit100

    I called it. I knew this gimmick was going to cause problems. Pro america isn’t the way to do it. No problem with the gimmick but there are too many weak minded people on this planet who will complain.

    • Kris Mystery

      You and millions of others figured that out.

  • http://twitter.com/KP_LFC K P

    WWE: Don’t pull the plug on this, don’t start making Zeb’s promo’s softer – keep it as it is. Wrestlemania season is coming, and as they say: any publicity is good publicity.

    Swagger is good in the ring, but terrible on the mic, with Zeb he’s interesting, he’s the most interesting part of WWE right now, IMO.

    So please don’t stop this, wrestling fans want to see the envelope pushed, so push the damn thing. This is good TV.

    • andre_assassin

      if you think he’s the most interesting part of the WWE then you haven’t heard of the shield my friend

      • lunchbox87

        the shield is interesting but this .. this is something different and it is needed the wwe needed an edgy story line and we have one

        • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_4OF2JDUTXED6KFOPHEVMJ2ZYBA raVen

          different???

          JBL….

          Iron Sheik…

          Slaughter…

          nothing new here and really nothing exciting cause after the talking it’s still jack swagger. boring

        • http://twitter.com/dansingsbuzz Daniel

          Mohamed Hassan.

      • allan

        Ambrose and Rollins are talent and reigns is fresh but has something,but the shield sucks I think the only reason they got over so well is cause of all the talent,but really there just a swat team who jump 1 guy

    • http://twitter.com/AJCampbellNYG Andrew Campbell

      That’s exactly what I’m worried about. I hope WWE doesn’t pull the plug on the gimmick and angle because it’s been great television so far. As you said, any publicity is good publicity.

    • Steve

      i totally agree. WWE has gotten themselves a heel duo that get heat from outside of the regular WWE fanbase. milk it as much as you can, give Swagger the title for a few month and let him feud with del Rio, Sin Cara, Mysterio, Kofi and other nonAmericans

    • AVPredator4985

      I agree. I love watching Zeb saying controversial things. The problem with the world today is that nobody has balls anymore. People are so easily offended by what people say. Lucky for us, the 1st Amendment gives us the right to free speech, and it’s very American of Zeb to be utilizing that lol

    • EdwartF

      what happens if jack swagger pulls the plug on it himself ? By taking weed and being arrested

    • http://twitter.com/zachdarrah Zach Darrah

      Well it looks like jack smoked the plug

  • EdwartF

    Zeb coulter may end up like Abraham washington

    • IKeepsit100

      doubt it LOL. It’s not even related in any way. + i’m sure michael hayes is sucking this Zeb so much right now…they won’t let him go.

  • http://www.facebook.com/jeremycounty Jeremy-County Roberts

    BE-A-STAR…………..unless it makes Vince money. Then you can bully and target race groups.

    • canofsoup

      the racist is being presented as a heel… they’re presenting him as a bad man, and want you to boo him. it’s not an issue of “BE A STAR” — they’re telling you this is wrong for him to do…

    • JuanCabrera

      It isn’t racist if they are not targeting a race. So far, Zeb has only referred to “people crossing our borders” which includes Hispanics, Asians, and other races. That may change though, once the feud with Alberto Del Rio starts going.

    • http://twitter.com/beidelschies Randy

      Okay, sure, but so far he’s telling the truth…

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Peer-Pressure/100000691268185 Peer Pressure

    LOL! Politics ruin everything.

  • A Paul Heyman Guy

    The stupid media these days going crazy over any sh*t ashamed.

  • WCWPunk

    I think the WWE has fallen from grace in terms of really strong heels over the past few years especially with John Laurinaitis. And this is exactly what the WWE really needs right now. Especially heading into Wrestlemania. And success doesn’t happen if you don’t take risks. I agree. I’m all for the Zeb Colter character for sure

  • G.I.R.L.

    Love vocal heels; great job WWE, you have the world talking.

  • ErodNYC

    The only thing that will kill this character is if hispanic groups start having an issue with it. I think as long as Zeb doesn’t name specific ethnicities then WWE should be safe. So far it’s picking up main stream media attention, and that’s a good thing. It will only help Wrestlmania.

  • Smith

    Holy shit those people in the video are so fucking stupid. Fuck fox news. Holy shit.

    • ScotsmanRex

      Fuck FOX they need to report real news. Then WWE adds fuel to the fire by having Trump in the Hall. I FUCKIN hate Trump. He bitches about Obama birth cert. Then after is found legit and real he bitches later asking for the same doc. already proven. Then racistly asks for his college diploma. As if blacks cannot graduate college. Fuck TRUMP. PS numb nuts Obama was raised white with white mother and grandparents. He never seen his father but once or twice never had him growing up and oh yeah Obama is half Scottish. GOD people are such morons. Read for once in your miserable life. I mean all the info you need is right on your computer with internet. If you have no internet go to any local burger joint and use wifi. No need to go to the library anymore. DAMN! Oh yeah sorry for the rant but i agree with you.

  • thisoneguy

    PUH-LEASE, this is exactly what they wanted. They really thought naming a Tea Party nut job after their Queen Bee Ann Coulter was going to go unnoticed? HA! I so love the “Don’t Tread On Me” flags being used. It’s just damn fantastic. If this year’s Wrestlemania were in the South, this wouldn’t be happening. Thankfully, it’s in New York, so FREE REIGN!

  • IKeepsit100

    I thought kids comparing wrestling to real life is bad. These are adults legitimately relating WWE storylines to realism and politics…Where they do that at?

    • MrEndymion9611

      Thank you! Seriously, they act like bitchy teenage girls.

  • MrEndymion9611

    Why can’t people understand that it’s a gimmick? Either way, I’ve always liked Swagger in the ring, but he needed somebody to talk for him.

  • #heel420

    Watching that clip gave me cancer…

  • http://twitter.com/SerpentSpeaks Serpent Speaks

    Wait? Isn’t this publicity a good thing?

    • http://twitter.com/SerpentSpeaks Serpent Speaks

      Some publicity is good publicity, in my opinion. But to the “right-win media”, in your eyes (and honestly our own), wrestling isn’t as popular as it once was….so find a new topic please.

  • Michael

    I just lost 6 minutes of my life on 5 idiots reading names and finishers off teleprompters and sheets of paper

  • http://twitter.com/AJCampbellNYG Andrew Campbell

    This FOX News guy is a douche.

  • heterosexual

    and if dude love came back and talked about how marijuana should be legal everywhere whilst being high, they’d say it’s spot on~

  • yes

    Don’t care what their saying, but that lady has some nice set of legs!

  • My arms hurt

    If I wanted to see irritating bigots acting like total douches, I’d go read the comments sections on Yahoo.com. They always find a way to make me be ashamed of being human.

    • ScotsmanRex

      Yeah really!

  • http://www.facebook.com/mike.hillyard.73 Mike Hillyard

    Fucking marks

  • http://www.facebook.com/SharinganIxU Lee Morris

    Tea party movement? Am I reading that right?

  • http://twitter.com/marios_g1987 MariosG1987

    Wonder how long is it going to be till Zeby wears a white hood

  • http://www.facebook.com/djjoedubb Joey Wilkerson

    The Tea Party does a pretty solid job of mocking themselves.

  • http://www.facebook.com/dan.kincaid.7 Dan Kincaid

    If it is getting them media attention I’m not sure why they would pull it. Unless it somehow starts detracting from their profit margin I think it is safe.

  • Odin

    Is this truly what passes for TV in America?

  • jc

    You have to love how they were upset over WWE for making a stereotype of a tea party member and then turned around and made stereotypes of wrestling.

  • Drmgiver

    All Colter has done is tell the truth. He hasn’t gotten racist at all. He has said there is a problem with illegals and pussies in this country. Guess what! There is.

    • AVPredator4985

      EXACTLY

      • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_4OF2JDUTXED6KFOPHEVMJ2ZYBA raVen

        That’s my problem with this whole thing.
        They label Zeb and flop swagger as racist yet they don’t say or do anything racist.
        to me del rio is still the bad guy here. he is the one who came to this country and refuses to speak english and wears a mexican flag.

        • AVPredator4985

          Exactly! I don’t see how wanting to keep people from coming to your own country ILLEGALLY is offensive. This country is filling up with a bunch of pussies unfortunately..

          • ScotsmanRex

            AMEN!

    • ScotsmanRex

      Exactly my point also. Keep it going it needs to be. Vince just has the balls to say what a bunch of scared middle class won’t. Sure pay taxes and all are welcome. Don’t not pay taxes and ruin it for everyone even the ones not pay taxing and using the system. If 11 million use the system but do not pay taxes to go in, the system goes bankrupt and everyone’s grandparents lose all their benefits and healthcare and ultimately no one can retire. AMEN!

  • Thomas-24/7 (Mutascale)

    It’s a shame that some companies can’t separate reality from entertainment. The clue is in the name WWE: World Wrestling “Entertainment.” Why should they be offended if it’s just entertainment?

  • James

    Doesn’t Fox “News”, and I put News in quotation marks because all their news is BS, have more important things to cover than the WWE? This gimmick is entertaining, hilarious at times and one of the best things going in WWE right now behind The Sheild and Mark Henry. However, we really shouldn’t be surprised the actual conservative extremeists have a problem with this gimmick because they are insane and take everything seriously, even WWE gimmicks. BTW what has Zeb and Swagger done or said that is racisist? Is what Fox “News” saying is that freedom of speech is racisist? F-you Fox “News” and real extremist conservatives trying to ruin a great gimmick.

    • James

      *Shield

    • http://www.facebook.com/Black14th Steve James

      FauxNews

  • http://www.facebook.com/Black14th Steve James

    The most hilarious mockery of the Tea Party I’ve ever seen? The Tea Party itself.

  • http://www.facebook.com/Black14th Steve James

    A crazy old Vietnam vet spouting JBL’s tired old “Eddie Geurrero” schtick? Way to stay fresh, WWE. Can’t wait for the “Ol’ Cletus the Gold Rush Prospector” to make his debut! Maybe he can rant about the time he tried to bang a dead girl.

  • Chad

    All these comments about loving swaggers character and that the fact that hes getting a push and now he gets arrested for dui and drug possession.

  • Ronnie Cook

    the gimmick was offensive to those who really want to fix this country and not divide it further…. ive burned my tickets for monday night in dallas and will never spend another dime supporting this corporation…. to the wrestlers I personally know….. think about what is entertainment and make up your own minds…. this company for my own opinion is as far over the line as the current president

  • ScotsmanRex

    He is right,.Zeb is right. He wasn’t racist. He was talking about illegals. And those that boo then they must want this country to fail or are illegals themselves. If they wanna come here and get citizenship. I’m more than ok with it. But if 11 million are taking from my taxes and not putting them back in the system it ultimately fails and goes bankrupt. Then all of our elderly suffer and we can’t retire when we get old. If you wanna hate me for wanting to see our system succeed and moochers who take from the system but do not pay taxes and replenish what they take leave, then hate me. You know I’m right.